MINNEAPOLIS | A visit to the land of the University of Minnesota Gophers captures attention. The campus decor is beautiful.
But on this day of October 31, 2022, it is difficult to distinguish the students who wander the streets near the huge football stadium or the ice rink, the 3M Arena at Mariucci, people dressed as Harry Potter, Grinch and dinosaur giant.
Once the door has been found for the Gophers arena, we return to normal. There are the Gophers players on the ice for a practice led by Bob Motzko.
Among the skaters are Logan Cooley, the third overall pick in the Arizona Coyotes’ last draft, but also Rhett Pitlick—, a fifth-round pick of the Habs in 2019.
Rhett Pitlick is the younger brother of Rem, CH number 32.
“It’s special for me to wear the colors of the Gophers,” Rhett said in an interview with the Log. This team is in the blood of our family. My mother studied here, my father [Lance] also, just like my brother, Rem. I continue the tradition. It was a logical choice for me to come and play here. I did not watch any other programs. »
More offensive and a stick
In his second season with the Gophers, Rhett intends to establish himself as an important part of his team. Author of a season of 18 points, including five goals, in 30 games last season, he did not start up to his expectations with six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 10 games.
“I want to improve offensively,” he replied. I feel that is the case. I gained confidence this year. But I don’t just want to be a more threatening attacker, I also want to be responsible defensively. »
On October 22, Pitlick scored his first goal of the season against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. He celebrated by throwing his stick into the stands at 3M Arena. A gesture that did not go unnoticed. He took a 10-minute penalty and the visitors eventually won 5-4 in overtime.
Looking to the future
The Boston University Terriers weren’t playing this week. But Hutson still made headlines. CH’s second-round choice in the last draft inherited the title of defender of the month for October in the Hockey East division. In seven games, he had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) and blocked 11 shots.
The Ontario defenseman scored twice on Friday in a 6-3 loss for the London Knights to the Erie Otters. The next day, the 2021 first-round pick had an assist and six shots in the Knights’ 4-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack. Mailloux has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in eight games.
The Sherbrooke Phœnix forward remains an offensive threat in the QMJHL. He had a good week with a first hat trick this season, in addition to collecting an assist in an easy 6-0 victory against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. He also blackened the score sheet twice (2 assists) in a 3-2 loss in a shootout against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.—
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan center was third in QMJHL scoring with 26 points after 16 games (before yesterday’s games). He added to his personal record with outings of three points (2 g, 1 p) and four points (2 g, 2 p) this week, against the Armada— de Blainville–Boisbriand and the Drakkar de Baie Comeau.
The good friend of Marco Rossi– also wears the colors of the Ottawa 67’s, as did the Minnesota Wild forward. Chosen in the third round of CH in July, Rohrer is producing at a good pace at the start of the season, with 15 points (5 g, 10 p) in 13 games. He had a three-pointer (1 g, 2 p) game last week, in a 6-1 67’s triumph over the Barrie Colts.
The Ohio State University Buckeyes were also enjoying a bye week. Dobes, a tall 6’4″ goaltender, has played in all 10 games for his team this season, posting a 7-2-1 record. The Czech has an average of 2.25 and an efficiency rating of .917.